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South Florida Hosts Amit Alumni

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Southeast Region Amit members and friends gathered together on November 15 at the home of Adrianne and Leon Brum. Adrianne, famous for her hostessing skills, provided guests with an array of hot and cold beverages, delicious dips and chips, pastries, confections, and fruits. The main course, however, were two amazing graduates of Amit schools in Israel who had come to share their remarkable stories – Halel Bareli and Miri Uriel.

Debbie Moed, Amit national president, and Robin Isaacson, national director of planning and giving and regional director of Southeast Region, spoke of the Amit educational network that operates 110 schools, youth villages and programs, serving more than 33,000 children in 29 cities throughout Israel and introduced Halel and Miri.

Amit meeting in Florida.

Amit meeting in Florida.

Halel, a 12th grade student at Ulpanat Amit in Sderot, is one of 11 children. Her father is a rabbi. Her mother is a social worker. Halel was delighted for two reasons with the Amit school. One was that she would not have to go out of town to attend a religious girls’ high school as had been the case for frum girls in Sderot before AMIT. The second was that Halel was attracted to AMIT’s emphasis on giving back to the community and country.

Under this influence, Halel worked with and helped the youth and home-bound of Sderot during the Gaza War and was instrumental in aiding the families of fallen and wounded soldiers. Halel was asked to light the torch at the national Yom Ha’atzmaut ceremony at Har Herzl in recognition of her tremendous contributions. After high school, she will go on to do national service and continue her social activism.

Miri has been in the Amit system from a very early age. She and her brother, Moshe, spent seven years at Amit Frisch Beit Hailed and Amit Kfar Blatt. The children had come from a severely dysfunctional environment and the Amit facility gave them a loving home, stability, and encouraged them in every way. Today Miri is a drama teacher at Amit Kfar Blatt and works with special needs students. She has a strong ability to connect to the children and understand their challenges. Both Miri and her brother have successful and fulfilling lives.

To learn more about Amit, contact Robin Isaacson at 954-922-5100 or visit www.AMITChildren.org/Southeast.

Shelley Benveniste

Time to Come Home: South Dakota Chabad Center Completes 50-State Outreach

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The founder of Hasidism, the holy Ba’al Shem Tov, reported having gone up to the higher realm one Rosh Hashanah, and meeting the messiah, whom he asked, “When will Sir arrive?” Which the messiah answered, “You’ll know it’s time when your teachings will spread around the world and your wellsprings will overflow outwardly (“yafutzu mayanotecha chutza,” Proverbs 5:17).” This has traditionally been understood to mean, especially in Chabad, that the way to “bring the messiah” is by spreading Hasidic teaching, and once every land has in it Jews capable of Hasidic meditation, redemption would come next.

All of which might mean that messianic times have finally arrived in the United States of America, as Chabad Lubavitch has just announced the establishment of a Chabad Center in the 50th and final US state, South Dakota, home to the famous Mount Rushmore National Memorial with its massive sculpture of four great presidents carved into the rock of the Black Hills.

“South Dakota, with its minuscule Jewish community scattered throughout a geographically expansive area, has had the dubious distinction of being the only state in America with no rabbi,” goes an urgent press release we received Sunday. “That will all change this winter, it was announced at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries, when Rabbi Mendel and Mussie Alperowitz move from Brooklyn, NY, to Sioux Falls to establish a Chabad center that will cater to a community dating back to the days of the Wild West.”

According to Chabad, “the appointment comes as the American Jewish community marks 75 years since the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, and his wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, arrived on US shores from war-torn Europe in 1941.” Incidentally, Chabad-Lubavitch has already been serving Jews in South Dakota for more than half a century, “since the Rebbe established the Merkos Shlichus (Roving Rabbis) program, which dispatches pairs of young rabbis to small and isolated communities around the globe.”

And “although it has been widely accepted that fewer than 400 Jewish people reside in the entire state, Rabbi Alperowitz estimates that it may indeed be home to as many as a thousand Jews. He believes that the Jewish population may have been bolstered in recent years by the growing financial and health-care industries.”

So, no more excuses, our brothers and sisters in America, the teachings of the Ba’al Shem Tov have touched every single part of the great USA, time to come home to the great land of Israel. Contact Nefesh B’nefesh in South Dakota or someplace nearby and make your reservations early.


South American Illegal Immigrants Rushing To Cross Border Before Election Day

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s blogsite, The Lid}

AP and CBS News are reporting a surge of Illegal Immigrants  Criminal Alien Trespassers, rushing to come into the United States via our southern border before election day.

Immigrants have been streaming from Mexico through the streets of McAllenTexas on a daily basis, according to CBS News. And it’s not just adults and families. The flow of unaccompanied minors at the U.S. border is up nearly 50%.

Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera says, they’ve been seeing “mass spikes” in  crossings of illegal immigrants criminal alien trespassers via the U.S.-Mexico border, thanks in part to the election. Apparently the illegals trespassers believe that Hillary Clinton is going to win the election and they want to make sure they are in the U.S. early enough to be granted amnesty by Clinton.

“The smugglers are telling them if Hillary [Clinton] gets elected, that there’ll be some sort of amnesty, that they need to get here by a certain date,” Cabrera said. “They’re also being told that if [Donald] Trump gets elected, there’s going to be some magical wall that pops up overnight and once that wall gets up, nobody will ever get in again.”

Cabrera added that they’ve encountered up to 1,000 immigrants along McAllen’s stretch of the border some days.

“We’re getting mass spikes of people crossing and turning themselves in,” he said.

Experts told CBS News the number of immigrants crossing the border won’t drop after Election Day.

The people smugglers are correct, although there is probably no rush. Part of a Clinton speech given to a Brazilian bank in May 2013 was included in one of the  Wikileaks releases. The speech included Hillary’s desire for open borders:

“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.”

Even if she doesn’t get the open borders she desires, the Center for Immigration Studies’ Steve Camarota has projected that, based on the minimal figures Clinton has put forth thus far, Clinton could add 10 million new immigrants to the U.S. during her first term alone – in addition to the 11 million illegal immigrants Criminal Alien Trespassers Clinton has said she plans to amnesty within her first 100 days in office.

On the other hand Donald Trump opposes any legal status for immigrants in the U.S. illegally. In his plan, they would have to return to their home countries and apply for legal entry should they wish to come back.

Also interesting is that the Illegals Criminal Trespassers are turning themselves in—they know that Barack Obama will not enforce U.S. immigration law.

Watch the video report below:


Jeff Dunetz

Chabad Of South Broward Hosts Kinus Convention

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

No hurricane winds were felt in South Florida on Sunday and Monday, Rosh Chodesh and 2 Elul (September 4-5). Rather, the winds of Elul were felt – especially with the power and energy generated by the annual two-day southern regional Kinus Hashluchim convention, held this year at the newly renovated Chabad of South Broward headquarters. Over 120 shluchim participated.

The program began with registration and lunch followed by an hour of intense study of the meaning of Elul and it significance as articulated by the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Then a general session was called to order and all were welcomed by Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus, head shliach of South Broward.

First to be called to the podium was Rabbi Abraham Korf, head shliach to the state of Florida, who delivered emotional greetings and warm words of encouragement.

Rabbi Chay Amar gave a heartfelt talk about the importance of Hakhel and all its expressions in Elul.

Rabbi Yossi Lebovics, principal of the Chaya Aydel Seminary, encouraged the shluchim to tap in to the many programs the seminary offers that can benefit their shlichus.

Rabbi Mendy Katz of the Aleph Institute spoke next and reminded the shluchim of the important work with prisoners and soldiers. Rabbi Leibel Miller spoke about chevrah kadisha.

Participants at the southern regional Kinus Hashluchim convention.

Participants at the southern regional Kinus Hashluchim convention.

After an in depth workshop on Chabad House security, the shluchim participated in a number of round-table discussions.

After Minchah and a group photo, the shluchim were directed to the Max and Eve Rubenstein Main Sanctuary that had been transformed for the occasion into a beautiful banquet ballroom. Yossi Gopin and Kosher Central caterers made the evening and the kinus the success it was.

Highlights of the banquet included an eloquent dvar malchus by Rabbi Leibel Schapiro, a touching and inspiring talk by lay leader Paul (Pesach Sholom) Sussman, who spoke about his journey to Yiddishkeit from Tibet and his encounters with the Rebbe.

Monday morning began with chassidus study and davening followed by breakfast.

A general session covering the two topics of hiskashrus and working together with neighboring shluchim was helpful to many. Rabbis Korf, Lipskar, Biston, and Tennenhaus shared many invaluable ideas and experiences.

With a feeling of renewed energy and much optimism, the shluchim expressed their appreciation to the organizers of the kinus, Rabbi Tennenhaus, Rabbi Moshe Schwartz, Rabbi Leizer Barash, and especially the main organizer, Rabbi Mordy Feiner.

Chaim Lehrer

Anti-BDS Rally Held In South Florida

Monday, September 12th, 2016

A rally was held in Cutler Bay, Florida, on August 28 to protest the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Despite forecasts of stormy weather, hundreds attended. The high-energy rally included a musical performance by YouTube sensation rapper Ari Lesser.

Rally-goers wore t-shirts which read “BDS is Hate” and held signs with slogans like “U.S. and Israel, United Against Hate” and “BDS=Antisemitism.”

The message of the rally was clear: if you support BDS, you are supporting hate. Elected officials, private citizens, and representatives of various organizations spoke out against the BDS movement.

Rally co-sponsors included the Zionist Organization of America, NCSY, Rolling Thunder, and the Israeli-Florida Friendship League.

Anti-BDS rally

Anti-BDS rally

Shelley Benveniste

Chabad Of South Broward To Hold 35th Annual Dinner

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The 35th annual dinner of Congregation Levi Yitzchok-Lubavitch and Chabad of South Broward Award Ceremony will take place Wednesday, September 28, on the luxurious dinner boat The Catalina, which will depart from the Diplomat Hotel at 6:30 PM. The dinner is a celebration of 36 years of Chabad in Broward County.

Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus, Chabad’s executive vice president, is inviting the entire community to attend. “Every year, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M Schneerson, would send a letter and his blessings to our annual dinner. These blessings continue each year.”

This year’s dinner will include cruising, wine tasting and the renowned comedian SARGE.

Chabad of South Broward, founded in 1980, has been a leader in Jewish education, outreach, and social services for nearly four decades. Presently, there are 15 Chabad centers in South Broward. Chabad of South Broward’s headquarters in Hallandale Beach is home to 49 agencies.

All proceeds from this year’s dinner will be allocated to help the needy with food, money, and new clothes for the upcoming Jewish holidays. To reserve for the dinner cruise, and for more information, call 954-458-1877 or e-mail ltchabad@gmail.com.

Shelley Benveniste

Could the Dispute in the South China Sea Affect Debate Over Palestinian Statehood?

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

{Originally posted to the JNS website}

The photos, released earlier this week by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), show that China is building military aircraft hangars on the disputed Spratly Islands. That violates a promise China’s president, Xi Jinping, made to President Barack Obama less than a year ago, that “China does not intend to pursue militarization” of the islands.

Moreover, a United Nations tribunal ruled last month that China’s claim to the Spratly Islands and other nearby territories is “unlawful.” Yet the international community has taken no action against either the illegal Chinese occupation or China’s militarization steps.

Israeli policymakers might want to keep an eye on these developments. Israel’s leaders have said any future Palestinian state would have to be completely demilitarized. But can Israel rely on the international community to enforce the demilitarization rules if the Palestinians violate them?

Perhaps the most infamous experiment in demilitarization involved the Rhineland, an area of western Germany along the border with France, Belgium and Holland. The 1925 Locarno Pact, signed in the aftermath of World War I, required that the Rhineland be permanently demilitarized. But when Hitler sent his troops to occupy the Rhineland in March 1936, the Locarno signatories–Britain, France and Italy–stood idly by.

Pacifist sentiment was strong in England; treaty or no treaty, the Brits were in no mood to confront the Nazis. Lord Lothian, the veteran British diplomat, rationalized the militarization of the Rhineland as “no more than the Germans walking into their own backyard.” The French, who now found themselves within shooting distance of the Wehrmacht, were not quite so sanguine about the latest developments. But with France mired in economic troubles and national elections just months away, French Prime Minister Albert Sarraut was unwilling to risk a costly conflict with Hitler.

The United States was not a party to the Locarno agreement, but what President Franklin Roosevelt said mattered in the world arena. In this case, he didn’t say much. Determined to maintain friendly relations with Germany, FDR refrained from explicitly condemning Hitler’s Rhineland action. He would not even send U.S. observers to a League of Nations discussion of German aggression. Shortly after the Rhineland crisis erupted, Roosevelt headed off for a two-week fishing trip in the Bahamas, which coincidentally helped him evade questions about the controversy.

Israelis don’t need to go back to the 1930s for examples of how the world might respond if a Palestinian state began importing tanks or missiles. They have had some bitter experience in this area in recent decades.

The late Israeli diplomat and politician Abba Eban describes in his autobiography how the Nixon administration pressured Israel to accept a ceasefire in the 1970 War of Attrition, promising that Egypt would not be allowed to move its missiles close to the Suez Canal. “Within a few days of the conclusion of the cease-fire agreement,” Eban writes, “our head of military intelligence…was reporting…the Egyptians had begun to move their missiles forward as soon as the ink was dry on the agreement.” Nixon’s response “was evasive,” Eban charitably recalled. The U.S. administration “professed not to know that the violations were taking place.” No action was taken against the Egyptians.

An even more current example presents itself. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which consists of 10,506 soldiers (and 848 civilian advisers) is pledged to ensure that southern Lebanon is kept “free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the Government of Lebanon and of UNIFIL deployed in this area.” That commitment from the international community is supposed to protect Israel’s northern border. Yet Hezbollah has stationed more than 100,000 missiles in that area, according to Israeli military estimates. The missiles are aimed at Israel. And UNIFIL refrains from intervening.

All of which leaves some Israelis wondering how international promises would fare if a demilitarized Palestinian state decided to re-militarize. When push comes to shove, would world leaders decide, as FDR did, to go fishing?


Dr. Rafael Medoff

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